Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases

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The Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD), is located in Karachi, became functional on June 3, 2005. It is the second cardiac care facility of the metropolis after the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD). The institute, having 120 beds, would initially have an outpatient department (OPD), besides three laboratories and several diagnostic equipment for Electro-Cardio Gram (ECG), X-Rays, Exercise Tolerance Test (ETT), Echo Doppler studies, angiography, cardiac catheterization and angioplasty.

Karachi Metropolis in Sindh, Pakistan

Karachi is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and sixth-most-populous city proper in the world. Ranked as a beta world city, the city is Pakistan's premier industrial and financial centre and is considered as the cultural, economic, philanthropic, educational, and political hub of the country. Karachi is also Pakistan's most cosmopolitan city. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to Pakistan's two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as the Pakistan's busiest airport, Jinnah International Airport.

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Cardiac catheterization the insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart.

Cardiac catheterization is the insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart. This is done both for diagnostic and interventional purposes. A common example of cardiac catheterization is coronary catheterization that involves catheterization of the coronary arteries for coronary artery disease and myocardial infarctions. Catheterization is most often performed in special laboratories with fluoroscopy and highly maneuverable tables. These "cath labs" are often equipped with cabinets of catheters, stents, balloons, etc of various sizes to increase efficiency. Monitors show the fluoroscopy imaging, EKG, pressure waves, and more.


As compared to the other hospitals of the city, the KIHD will be charging considerably less for the facilities provided and the tests carried out there. For instance, a patient having angiography at the new institute would be charged only PKR 3,000, as compared to about PKR 10,000 at the NICVD and PKR 25,000 at the private ones.

Similarly, those having angioplasty at the KIHD would be charged PKR 35,000 in case of one stent and PKR 50,000 for double stents. A patient is charged at least PKR 125,000 for single-stent angioplasty in other hospitals.

As far as OPD charges are concerned it would be only PKR 100 (with ECG), while echo-cardiography and ETT tests would be conducted for PKR 300 each. Already, one angioplasty and three angiography cases have been performed at the institute.

Spread out over an area of 3.6 acres (15,000 m2), the KIHD is located on the old campus of Karachi Medical and Dental College in Federal B Area’s block 16. It is the same place where a maternity home was inaugurated by Begum Nusrat Bhutto in 1974. The maternity home was later turned into an educational institution.

Karachi Medical and Dental College

The Karachi Medical and Dental College is Pakistan’s first medical and dental college that is established, managed and administered by a Municipal Corporation; Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. It was established in 1991. The college is affiliated with University of Karachi. It offeres MBBS and BDS programs at undergraduate level which are accredited by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. KMDC also offers postgraduate specialties in medicine and dentistry in affiliation with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.

The institute, which would shortly be equipped with a thallium scanning unit, would be providing teaching/training facilities to the under- and postgraduate trainees, for which it would be affiliated with Karachi University as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.

The City District Government Karachi (CDGK), had spent about PKR 800 million on the project, adding that the amount was used for renovation of the old building and purchase of the required equipment.

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Clinical Cardiology | Interventional Cardiology | Nuclear Cardiology | ESMR | Non-Invasive Cardiology | Epidemiology & Research | Cardiovascular Surgery | CME & Training | Pediatric Cardiology | Workshop & Symposium

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